How to Get Started: Private Lessons, Semi-Privates, Apparatus Classes, Mat Classes

"A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion."
- Joe Pilates

I get a lot of calls from people who want to start group classes using the Reformer and other apparatus without previous training, or whose previous training was done in a large group and they have only the vaquest idea of what they are doing and no idea why.

Group classes are fun, there is a lot of energy and the are cost effective. I understand why there is a growing demand group classes; however if you are on the Reformer without having any idea of what you are doing, you are no longer doing Pilates Method. You are doing "sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion", which may be entertaining, but the results are marginal and may cause injury.

Even those who are just at the beginning of their training can fit into any Apparatus Class if they follow these guiding principles: Concentrate, Work from your Center, Breath, Move with Rhythm and Flow, Be Precise, Self-Control.

You can learn the principles of Pilates Method in Private lessons, but also in Mat Classes. In Mat Classes there is no straps, springs, bars, and other mechanics to learn. Once you gain proficiency in Mat Class you will find it easier to cope with the additional challenges of how to control the apparatus.

In the past people would book a Private lesson, but if someone else wanted to book at the same time with them it became a Semi-Private. With our modern scheduling tools I have revised our Semi-Privates to Apparatus Classes. This allows our clients to schedule in and out of our classes easily online, or even from your phone using the MindBody App. With tight schedules this flexibility allows us to help you keep a regular practice even if someone scheduled a meeting over your lunch break!

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